Former Rangers defender Aidan Wilson has spoken about his experience of coming up against wonderkids Kai Havertz and Erling Haaland on international duty with Scotland under-19s and admits that he loved the challenge of facing such talented players.

Wilson left the Gers over the summer after 14 years at the club and made a handful of appearances for the first team before injuries hindered his progress at Ibrox.

Thalis of Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro (R) is challenged by Aidan Wilson of Scottish club Rangers FC during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg Newton

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While with Rangers, Wilson was a regular in the Scotland set-up and came up against the talented pair during a Euros qualifying competition in 2018, calling Haaland “a handful.”

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“I played against a few top players at that tournament,” Wilson said, as quoted by Belfast Live.

“Haaland was big, strong and fast – a handful to be fair. I wouldn’t say he was the best technically or that he was involved in everything, but he was a real focal point.

“He was an out-and-out striker who just wanted to score goals. He had a presence and a hunger to score goals and that’s tough to defend against.



“Technically, Havertz was very impressive, when he joined Chelsea, I found a picture of me marking him, but I wasn’t brave enough to put it on Twitter.

“It was a challenge facing the likes of Haaland and Havertz, but I loved it. It was a great experience pitting yourself against players of that calibre on an international stage.”

Wilson was highly thought of at Ibrox, with Academy bosses Craig Mulholland and Graeme Murty both big fans of the defender who was a regular standout in the under-20s side for Rangers.

LIPPSTADT, GERMANY - MARCH 21: Aidan Wilson of Scotland eyes the ball during the Under 19 Euro Qualifier between Germany and Scotland on March 21, 2018 in Lippstadt, Germany. (

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The defender was praised by both for his phenomenal work-rate and willingness to learn and improve despite not being the most naturally-talented defender in the squad.

His move to Northern Ireland with Crusaders should help him get his career back on track after a difficult couple of years and, hopefully, he can get himself back to a higher level quickly.

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